'My daughter's face was red with blood', father tells sex attack trial jury
A Dublin man has gone on trial accused of carrying out three attacks on women over a five-year period.
Slawomir Gierlowski (33), of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, is charged with falsely imprisoning and assaulting a woman in September 2016 near Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin.
He is accused of unlawfully having a hunting knife with intent to intimidate on the same occasion.
Mr Gierlowski is also charged with falsely imprisoning, assaulting and sexually assaulting a second woman at another location in Clondalkin on September 3, 2015.
Finally, he is charged with falsely imprisoning, assaulting and sexually assaulting a third woman at the same location on September 11, 2011.
Yesterday at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Mr Gierlowski pleaded not guilty to all nine charges. A jury of 12 men has been empanelled for the trial.
On the first day of the trial a woman in her mid 20s described how she was left covered in blood after being attacked by a man outside her home in September 2011.
She said she had gone out socialising the previous evening and was heading home when she saw a man walking behind her very quickly.
She told Roisin Lacey SC, prosecuting, that she got a fright as he was quite close.
She said "hello" to him and he said "hello" back and spoke in an Eastern European accent.
The man walked on and she continued to walk home but was nervous.
When she got to her driveway she turned around and a man lunged at her from behind, she said.
He pushed her on to the ground and on her back and she screamed for him to get off.
"He had his hand around my mouth," she told the court.
"He was on top of me. I was trying to pull his hand off my mouth."
She said was screaming loudly at him to "please stop" and the man just said "sssh" to her.
The woman said she didn't see him because it was too dark and she was focused on fighting him off.
Her attacker put his hand up her skirt and touched her genital area outside her underwear, the court heard.
The witness said the man was strong but she managed to kick out and get up from under him.
"I ran towards my door. He grabbed my arm and flung me around and I fell," she said.
The man got on top of her again and put two hands around her neck.
The woman scratched and bit his face and the man began punching her.
She said he hit her around six times and then the attack stopped.
She ran to her house and banged on the front door.
Her father told the trial that he was woken by the sounds of screaming and banging.
"I could see my daughter's face red with blood through the glass in the door," he said.
His daughter was still screaming when she went into the house and gardai were called.
He said he ran outside and saw a parked car with unusual rear lights.
The court heard that the alleged victim's nose was broken and she suffered two swollen black eyes.
It is the State's case that the accused carried out this attack and two other attacks.
The trial continues before Judge Pauline Codd.